ASC horrified at mass murder in Boulder, CO!

Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa (Credit: ABC – Boulder Police Dept)

The American Sikh Council (ASC) is shocked by the appalling crimes committed against ten innocents who were shopping and some employed at the local grocery store in Boulder, CO.

ASC extends its deepest condolences to the victims and their families of those involved in Monday night’s murderous spree at King Soopers store.

The victims who died ranged in ages from 20 to 65 years old. Among them was a 51-year-old Boulder police officer who responded to the shooting. Amid the dead were at least six women.

According to CNN, the alleged murderer was identified by police as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa of Arvada, Colorado, a 21-year-old. He has been charged with ten counts of first-degree murder in connection with Monday’s mass shooting at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, CO.

Reports are still coming in but according to CNN news reports, “Alissa, whose family emigrated from Syria, may have been suffering from mental illness, according to his 34-year-old brother, Ali Aliwi Alissa.”

According to CNN, “Alissa was sentenced to probation and community service after being found guilty of third-degree assault in 2018 for an incident that occurred in November 2017, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s database.”

ASC President Dr. Gurdas Singh stated, “Our heartfelt condolences to the victims and their loved ones. All concerned Americans from all religious or non-religious traditions need to step up and help support sensible gun reform legislation on military style weapons, because there is no guarantee that any one of us could not be the target for the next random killing.”

The American Sikh Council (ASC) stands in solidarity with all brothers and sisters across America, who continue to be impacted by random violence. We pray for all the deceased and the families who lost their loved ones in this horrifying tragedy.

We implore and hope that all Americans help make a change to reduce the violence due to assault weapons brought about partly due to an overreaching gun culture. There must be a national debate to bring about a reasonable balance between our second amendment and the continuing violence at the ground level.

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